ASTM D698 Standard Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction of Soil Standard Effort -- eLearning Course

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About the Series

ASTM's Construction Materials Technician Series enables QA/QC technicians in the construction industry to advance their skills using leading, self-guided, computer-based training. The series is ideal for those preparing to become certified testing technicians through the American Concrete Institute (ACI), National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), or a state agency such as the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Each course includes:

  • Self-guided training complete with video demonstrations, checklists, concept presentations, data sheets and glossaries
  • Quiz with automatic grading
  • Certificate upon successful completion of course and passing score on quiz.

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About the Course

This course covers laboratory compaction methods used to determine the relationship between molding water content and dry unit weight of soils (compaction curve) compacted in a 4 or 6-in. (101.6 or 152.4-mm) diameter mold with a 5.50-lbf (24.5-N) rammer dropped from a height of 12.0 in. (305 mm) producing a compactive effort of 12 400 ft-lbf/ft3 (600 kN-m/m3).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the apparatus and related components used to determine laboratory compaction characteristics of soil.
  • Recall the standardization requirements for the following apparatus: balance, molds, and rammer (manual and mechanical).
  • Recall the requirements for the test specimens for Methods A, B, or C.
  • List the steps for the preparation of apparatus.
  • Describe the procedures for Moist Preparation Method, Dry Preparation Method, and Compaction of the soil specimens.
  • Identify the calculation and plotting steps required for these test methods.
  • List the minimum reporting requirements for the data sheet(s)/form(s).


Anyone who runs the D698 test method or who needs an understanding of the test method and how it is properly run.

Course Content

  • Introduction
  • Demonstration Videos
  • Procedural Outlines
  • Glossary
  • Data Sheet
  • Quiz
  • Video
  • Referenced Materials
  • Certificate

CEUs and Certificate

CEUs: .1 or 1 PDH

Certificate: A certificate is available upon successful completion of the course and an 80% or higher score on the exam.

Reference Materials Included


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